These are very sad images of now priceless, warbirds that were left to rot outside to be recycled later.
During and after WWII, crash landed and unrecoverable airplanes were cast aside in massive piles and left for another day when there would be time to recycle them. As the war progressed, wrecked enemy airfields also fell into Allied hands, with destroyed planes.
Over a period of six years of conflict, from 1939 to 1945, aircraft designs had progressed in leaps and bounds.
From the obsolete biplane to the world’s first fighter, from crude twin-engine bombers to radical designs of the B-29 Superfortress heavy bombers, World War Two had seen the most radical use of aircraft in the battlefield.
Eventually, the war ended and the armies were left with thousands of planes that were either obsolete, damaged, or more than they could keep serviceable. The aircraft graveyards became overwhelmed with these forgotten beasts of war. Mostly they were scrapped for materials for recycling and “parted” out for other projects.
As we will see below, no matter how good an aircraft it was – the time for many had come to an end.
Here is a collection of these machines that helped fight the war.
Aircraft stored for later use, most of the time they would end up the same way as the ones on our previous pictures, into the smelting oven…